Star*Line is the official newsletter and network instrument of the SFPA, established in 1978. It is a venue for speculative (including science-fiction, fantasy, and horror) poets and poetry enthusiasts, and features interviews, articles, reviews, member news and letters, association business, and poetry—by members and nonmembers.
In January 1978, Suzette Haden Elgin founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, along with its two visible cornerposts: the Rhysling Awards and the association's newsletter, Star*Line. Star*Line has become not only an SFPA forum and networking tool, but a literary magazine for poets of the genre persuasion: imaginative poetry from hard science fiction to high fantasy, from the macabre to straight science, and from rigid formalism to experimental and surrealist works.
NB: A Star*Line subscription includes four quarterly issues of Star*Line. It does not include the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars, SFPA nominating or voting rights or the other benefits of full SFPA membership. Join here.
$10 .pdf (includes Dwarf Stars)
$24 print (USA)
$28 print (Can/Mex)
$30 print (overseas)
10% discount to libraries
$5 print (+ $2 U.S./$3 international postage)
To order a copy or to subscribe, please send a check or money order made out to SFPA to:
Deborah Flores, SFPA Treasurer
PO Box 4846
Covina, CA 91723
or via PayPal to SFPATreasurer@gmail.com. Credit-card payments are accepted through PayPal.
A Star*Line subscription is included with SFPA membership.
Star*Line is published quarterly. The issue with which the subscription expires is printed on the mailing label. Star*Line is saddle-stitched, 5.5" x 8.5", with a cardstock cover, and is now also available as a .pdf.
Ad space in Star*Line is now available for any enterprise directly connected with speculative poetry. Per issue: $75/full page (5"w x 8"h); $40/half-page (5"w x 3.8"h); $25/quarter-page (2.4"w x 3.8"h); $15/business-card size (2" x 3.5" either way).
Submit no more than five poems per submission. Do not send multiple submissions. Paste into body of e-mail (attach .doc or .rtf only in case of very unusual format). No previously published poems. Check this page for more detailed submission guidelines as well as some of the editor’s pet peeves.
Star*Line is now open for submissions year-round.
The SFPA pays on publication for First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights. Editor's Choice poems may be selected to appear on the SFPA website and are archived there. Subsidiary rights revert to the author on publication. Payment for poetry: 3¢/word rounded to next dollar, minimum $3. One copy to all contributors.
Star*Line accepts short articles on topicss related to science-fiction, fantasy, and horror speculative poetry. Reprints from guest columns in the Horror Writers’ Association (HWA) newsletter also welcome. Space (within Star*Line, at any rate) is limited; payment is 1¢/word rounded to the next dollar. Submit as .doc or .rtf only.
Review copies sought
All books, chapbooks, anthologies, or collections containing or related to poetry within the SF/F/H/spec genres may be sent to the editor by either snail- or e-mail and will be considered for review. Unsolicited reviews welcome. Submit reviews via e-mail only. E-mail the editor if interested in writing reviews. Excerpts only will appear in Star*Line. Full reviews will appear in the Reviews section of the site. Flat fee of $3.00 if excerpted.
Submit art work as 300-dpi .jpgs or .tifs to editor, or send link to online portfolio. Cover pays $10; interior art pays $5. Color art for covers will be considered; the print issue interiors are black-and-white, but use of color is unlimited in the .pdf.
E-mail submissions (strongly preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “S*L sub” and last name in subject line; editor wears multiple hats. Postal submissions with SASE accepted only if you don't have an e-mail address—postal submissions that include an e-mail address will be torn up into small pieces and danced upon. No IRCs; SASE not required for international postal submissions.
F.J. Bergmann, Star*Line Editor
W5679 State Road 60
Poynette, WI 53955-8564